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Message from International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center after 7.1 Mexico earthquake

September 20, 2017

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico on Tuesday, killing more than 200 people less than two weeks after a 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Although the full impact of the earthquakes is unknown at this time, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) would like to express condolences to all those affected throughout the country.

“All staff at our global headquarters are safe,” said Marianne Bänziger, deputy director general of CIMMYT, which is 150 km from the earthquake epicenter in central Mexico and 45 km northeast of Mexico City. “We hope the same to be true for their families, friends, research partners, and express our solidarity with Mexico and its people.”

Our buildings and infrastructure remained intact and our genebank, which houses 150,000 wheat seed samples and 28,000 maize samples, is safe, she said.

For those who want to help, we recommend contacting the Mexican Red Cross or any other local organization that supports affected people.